Perfect offer for readers on these long, dark evenings! Go see Joanne Hall’s post for the full links to both books…
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Heads up! Those nice people at Grimbold books have a pre-Christmas treat for you.
Both “Dollywagglers” by Frances Kay, and “The Book of Prophecy” by Steven J Guscott are FREE on Kindle from Amazon UK (and possibly other Amazons ;) ) at the moment, if you’d care to grab a copy.
“Dollywagglers” is the first novel from Grimbold’s Dark Fantasy imprint Tenebris, and it’s deliciously creepy. If you’re unnerved by puppets this will send a shiver right through you…
‘At the order to fire, they fired. Real bullets, it would seem. The politicians crumpled, twitched, and sagged to the ground, in a manner familiar to devotees of leftwing arthouse movies. Then the eyes of the squad turned towards me.’
After the plague, most of us are dead, and some of the survivors aren’t behaving very well. But we can still have a laugh, can’t we? Letting go is for softies…
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Of course you would. Luckily, the rather wonderful Joanne Hall has just the ticket for you right here.
Follow the simple instructions, and you have a chance to win a paperback of your choice from any in the Kristell Ink back catalogue that are still in print, OR a paperback copy of Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion, which Jo co-edited with Roz Clarke and which is available from Wizards Tower Press.
Hurry though, because the closing date will be sometime next week…
The Grimbold Books Kickstarter finished with 150% funding, which is a massive, wonderful achievement – and many thanks to all who backed it and spread the word about it!
What does it all mean? Well, going forward, it means that Grimbold will be putting new releases up on Netgalley for reviewers. It means they can look to fund audiobook versions of their catalogue, and also bring physical stock to conventions. These are important steps that Zoe and Sammy are taking, and it’s brilliant to see their hard work paying off – they deserve it!
It hasn’t been all that easy to find Teresa Edgerton’s books in print of late, which is a massive shame. I’m certain I borrowed at least one from Sheffield Library during the late 1990s and got thoroughly lost in the detailed world she had created, but these days my mind resembles Swiss cheese in its inability to hold details from so long ago.
So it’s a damned good thing that Tickety Boo Press, the brainchild of one Gary Compton, has recently reissued Teresa’s Goblin Moon. A dashing Regency-style fantasy of manners, complete with “gentlemen trolls”, no less, it has long deserved a UK release, and all power to Gary for putting it back into the full glare of the sun.
And like the buses on Ecclesall Road, two come along at once: HarperCollins have decided that the time is right to reissue another of Teresa’s backlist titles – The Queen’s Necklace, which originally came out way back in 2001.
I think they were right [to reprint], because it’s the kind of swashbuckling adventure that is popular right now. Naturally, I am thrilled, and so I am going to tell you all about it.
It’s a stand-alone (which is not to say that I’ve never thought about writing sequels) in a setting similar to 18th century Europe. It is not the same world as Goblin Moon and Hobgoblin Night, but writing it I found myself being inspired by that same era. They called it the Age of Reason, but a little research reveals that it was also an Age of Unreason. So while you shouldn’t expect to meet the dashing Francis Skelbrooke in this novel, there is, instead, the equally dashing Will Blackheart. And an opportunity to meet the original Goblin Princess.
While there’s no sign of either a UK print edition or an e-book yet, the reprint is available from The Book Depository with free shipping, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer. And since Kate Elliott calls it “Wonderful, lush, and enchanting”, why haven’t you gone and ordered it yet?